The Game Developer’s Conference Europe 2013 is currently underway in Cologne, Germany. El33tonline is part of the many gaming journalists from around the world who are attending the event ahead of gamescom to sit in on a number of interesting sessions given by industry leaders.
One of the first sessions was hosted by Ubisoft Creative Director Patrick Plourde, who shared the first details of his upcoming project Child of Light in a talk titled ‘Small Projects in AAA Studios: Making of Child of Light.’
Although the game will only be officially announced in two weeks time, we did learn that Child of Light uses the same engine, UbiArt Framework, as Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. It’s also interesting to note that Plourde revealed that one third of the staff working on the title are female.
Child of Light is a 2D side-scroller with Japanese-RPG elements. It’s set in a fairytale world where a girl and a firefly pass through various environments. The title is described as “a visual playable poem” and will focus on the girl’s emotional growth as she passes through different stages of life.
Child of Light is said to be inspired by games like Limbo and Square Enix JRPG’s from the PlayStation One era such as Final Fantasy VIII and Vagrant Story. According to Plourde, the notion behind the game’s graphics is what if you could take the concept art from those RPGs and turn those into the game’s backgrounds using the UbiArt Framework engine.
Plourde was also inspired by the watercolour artwork of Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy) and Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli director) for the game’s visual and atmospheric style. He described the game as “soft” and “feminine” so it seems it will have a very fairytale, poetic and dream-like vibe.
Concept art for Child of Light was shown during the GDC session, but gameplay footage will only be revealed when the title is officially announced at a media event that will be held in two weeks. We also learned that Ubisoft is working on another UbiArt Framework game, but we’ll have to wait until later this year to find out more details about that new title.
Child of Light is currently in development at Ubisoft Montreal. It will be available as a digital download title and will be priced at around $15. Platforms have not yet been confirmed, but it looks likely to be released on current-gen systems with Ubisoft also hoping it can be continued as a next-gen sequel.
Stay tuned for more details as they emerge. We expect more to be announced during gamescom this week.
Thanks to El33tonline’s Oliver and Tom, who are at GDC right now, for the above information.